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Does a psychological issue qualify for workers’ comp?

A work-related physical injury is often the cause for filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, there are also conditions such as asthma or hearing loss that qualify.

Some workplace issues can affect the mental health of employees. Here are two examples of psychological conditions that could make you eligible to file a claim.

What is a third-party lawsuit?

Suffering an on-the-job injury in North Carolina can lead to expensive medical bills and lost wages from having to take time off work. Whether you know who caused your injuries or not, you could recover financially through the state's workers' compensation system.

What most injured workers do not know is that another legal remedy may exist - filing a third-party lawsuit. A third-party lawsuit is a personal injury claim based on negligence against any party other than the employer. If you have grounds for a third-party lawsuit, you could be eligible for recovery outside of workers' compensation.

What you need to know about the SSDI claims process

If you are thinking about filing for a claim for Social Security Disability in North Carolina due to an accident that has left you with a disabling condition, you may want to take some time to learn about the filing process. There are a variety of factors the Social Security Administration uses to validate eligibility, process claims and provide SSDI benefits. The approval process is also not as straightforward and short as you may think. 

Knowing what to expect for the application process can help to alleviate many of the concerns and stress you may encounter while you await a decision. Also, it can help you to better prepare your application to reduce the likelihood of delays and denials and lead to a more favorable outcome. 

Spotting the signs of a hostile workplace

Every job usually has an element of stress at one point or another. Whether you work under deadlines or have a quota to meet, it is not unrealistic to feel like you work under pressure on some days.

However, is there a difference between the occasional stressful day and a constant feeling of dread when crossing the threshold? The hostile work environment may have only been a myth in the past, but now, more and more employees complain that the stress of their workplace manifests physically. Can you spot the signs that your workplace is making you sick?

Did you get hurt during the scope of your employment?

Suffering an injury through the course of your day is never something you wake up to do. However, sometimes accidents happen and you may find yourself out of work after getting hurt.

Does your accident qualify you to receive workers' compensation benefits? To receive medical care and pay for missed time off work due to the injury, the accident must rise to certain benchmarks, like it must have occurred during the scope of your employment. See if your claim may qualify under this qualification.

5 myths about workers’ compensation you should not believe

When you go to work, you do your best to do a good job. After a long day, you want to go home, eat with your family or friends or kick back and enjoy a Tar Heels game. You do not want to worry about suffering through an ongoing injury you received at work. Fortunately, because of North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system, you may be able to receive compensation for your injury. 

For some reason, North Carolina workers often believe things about workers’ compensation that are not true. If you do not understand how the system works, you may miss out on important benefits. As such, rather than listening to your friends, co-workers, manager or others, you likely want to seek a legal opinion about your options. Regardless, here are five myths about workers’ compensation you should not believe.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

Today’s nurses have an undeniably tough profession, and the risks they face when they show up to work each day trump those experienced by Americans in numerous other fields and industries. In fact, the nursing profession is so dangerous that Healthcare Business & Technology reports that modern nurses face greater injury risks than construction workers, industrial workers and anyone else who makes a living performing only physical labor.

If you make your living working as a nurse in a North Carolina hospital or other health care setting, you may have firsthand knowledge of the aches, pains and emotional tolls your job can take on you. However, you may not realize that one of your biggest safety risks involves transporting patients from one location to another.

Can you still work while receiving Social Security disability?

When you suffer a permanent or long-term injury, the impact can be severely life-changing. Not only must you adapt to new limitations in everyday tasks, but your employment status may suffer.

Though your doctor may clear you to work, you may have to limit your hours or pursue less gainful job opportunities. These options may compromise your ability to earn a sustainable living. The good news is that Social Security disability is not solely for the unemployed. As long as you meet the income requirements, you can still keep your job.   

The potential to interfere with an injured worker's compensation

Suffering an injury on the job can be a minor inconvenience or a major disaster. Many accidents can fall in between these extremes, but any work injury means the worker should file a worker's compensation claim. Injuries that seem minor can suddenly turn into severe injuries.

One of the worst mistakes an injured worker can make is to try to tough it out and keep working; the person will usually make the condition worse. It is also a bad idea to not report the injury immediately, or the worker may lose the compensation he or she needs.  

When workers’ compensation and SSDI intersect

With some luck and a bit of care, you may never have to worry about injuring yourself at work. If you do, though, you may not be able to afford basic living expenses. Fortunately, there is a safety net. Through the North Carolina workers’ compensation system, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. 

What happens if your on-the-job injury results in a temporary or permanent injury? Even if you qualify for workers’ compensation, you may be able to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. While you may independently qualify for both programs, you should know a few things about when workers’ compensation and SSDI intersect. 

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